Romania should decide whether or not it wants to be involved in central European cooperation, which is taking good shape, the head of the Hungarian parliament’s foreign affairs committee said in Kolozsvar (Cluj), in Transylvania, Romania, on Saturday.
Hungary has been committed to building such cooperation for several years and wants to include Romania in it, too, Zsolt Nemeth told a roundtable with leaders of ethnic Hungarian parties. If Romania wants to become part of such cooperation, it should not reject cooperating with Hungary and the Hungarians, he said, adding that Romania’s reluctance must be connected with the rights of its ethnic Hungarian community.
“The ice in Hungarian-Romanian ties has been broken and started to melt after the freeze in 2012,”
Nemeth said that preparations for the new EU budgetary period, the EU’s upcoming Romanian presidency in the first half of 2019 and linking Hungary’s and Romania’s energy networks would offer great opportunities for building cooperation.
Nemeth was asked about recent remarks made by the Romanian prime minister concerning Hungarian autonomy efforts.
Mihai Tudose’s remarks were strongly rejected by the Hungarian foreign minister, who summoned the Romanian ambassador over the issue on Friday. It is beyond doubt that the remarks which involved “basically threatening a national community and its representatives with execution are completely unacceptable and incompatible with European values and the 21st century,” Peter Szijjarto told a press conference in Budapest. Nemeth said that Tudose “had the right to choose this form of political suicide, [.], adding that a politician in Europe would normally not really survive such statements”.